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Newsletter/Friendship Report

February 2014:

Dear USCPFA Members and Friends of China:

Hello to all and best wishes to you and yours in the Chinese New Year of the Horse!

We will be gathering for the USCPFA Richmond Chapter Annual Banquet at Mekong Restaurant, 6004 West Broad on Sunday, March 23 (registration at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6 pm) for an exciting discussion by current USCPFA members, Jean Faglie, Odessa Brooks, and others on Highlights of USCPFA Richmond Chapter Beginnings/History, because in 2014 we are celebrating the 40th birthday of USCPFA National! Also, our Youxie Friends in Beijing, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, are celebrating their 60th Anniversary of its beginning! Feel free to bring any pictures/scrapbooks, articles, and mementos to share with us. Mekong Restaurant is planning a scrumptious meal which will cost $20 per person, including tip. This is a special event during which we invite you to renew your yearly USCPFA membership, too! There will be door prizes and surprises, so come out and have fun on this Happy Birthday Bash for USCPFA!

Be sure you attend and support The Ninth Annual ChinaFest Film Festival on February 20-23, 2014, at Ukrop Auditorium, University of Richmond and Family Day event on Saturday, February 22, 1-4 pm at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. These are fabulous opportunities to learn more about China! Bring a friend, student, or anyone interested in learning about China and USCPFA to this event.

I will also send out to you in a separate email info on the Washington Seminar on U.S.-China Relations to be held on April 24-25, at the Kellogg Conference Center on the campus of Gallaudet University in D.C. More details on that to follow.

See you in March at Mekong's, and save the date March 23. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m. Don't miss this important banquet, including a very brief business meeting to elect officers and vote on important business items and share follow-up to the Richmond Convention. Look at your latest US-China Review for an article and pictures on the Richmond Convention. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to making it a successful event!!

In Friendship,
Diana Greer
President


March 2013

The USCPFA Richmond VA Chapter met for its annual banquet at the Mekong Restaurant on March 3, 2013. In addition to getting an opportunity to see many long-time friends, we were happy to have new members join our organization. Thirty-one attended the banquet, which included a short business meeting, followed by a fascinating PowerPoint/lecture by author/historian Dean King. Chapter president Diana Greer gave greetings. We were joined by Mr. Quentin Yan, President of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Central Virginia Chapter; Mr. Tom Lisk, new President of Sister-Cities International, and My Lan Tran, Executive Director of the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce (VACC).

Interim Vice-President and Program Chair, Dr. Sheryl Baldwin, introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Dean H. King, author of Unbound: The True Story of the Women of the Long March. Dean is an award-winning and best-selling author of ten non-fiction books, including Skeletons on the Zahara, which was the subject of a two-hour special documentary on the History Channel; this is currently being developed as a feature film in London. His book about the Hatfield and McCoy Feud became the basis for the History Channel series on the subject. Dean had a book signing after his presentation and everyone felt that this had been a very successful evening. We were quite honored to have so many important and knowledgeable friends of China in our midst at this gathering.


President's Report February 2011

Dear Friends of China,

Greetings to you all in the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit!

The members and friends of the USCPFA Richmond VA Chapter are eagerly looking forward to its annual banquet to be held on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Mekong’s Restaurant, 6004 West Broad Street, Richmond VA. The guest speaker is Mr. Xueming (Jimmy) Chen, Ph.D., who received his doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California and presently teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He will present a PowerPoint presentation on "Examining China's High-Speed Rail Plan from an International Perspective."

Registration is at 5:00 pm and dinner is at 6:00 pm, with the cost of the meal approximately $20. Anyone interested in learning about China is invited to attend.  Our newest members will be recognized and a brief business meeting will be held at the annual banquet.

The first board meeting in 2011 was held on January 23rd at the home of Suzanne Harrison. Old and new business was discussed.  The board voted that the President form a committee with a goal of exploring the viability and costs for a possible bid in September 2011 at the Kansas City USCPFA National Convention for a USCPFA National Convention to be held in Richmond in 2013.

The Richmond Chapter is also planning to have its website on the Internet in March 2011, as this has been an ongoing goal of the Richmond Chapter for the last year.

During the 2010 holidays, the USCPFA Richmond Chapter celebrated at the home of Susan Croghan and had a delicious potluck meal.  A delightful group of members and friends gathered together to discuss recent trips and projects.

I had an opportunity in September 2010 to lead a USCPFA tour to the Sister Cities Conference in Shanghai and Jiangxi Province.  This was my first opportunity to do so, and it was quite an exciting adventure for all of us in the 14-member delegation.  In Shanghai, the China Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) with Madame Li Xiaolin, Vice President and The Carter Center CEO Mr. John Hardman, made it possible for the USCPFA Delegation, led by President Robert Sanborn, to present the Former President of the United States, Mr. Jimmy Carter, with a USCPFA medallion and certificate recognizing his extraordinary work in US-China relations. It was quite a momentous occasion for those who attended and we thank CPAFFC and The Carter Center, the USCPFA Atlanta Chapter, and Barbara Cobb for their marvelous assistance.

I look forward to working with you, and on your behalf, as USCPFA President of the Richmond VA Chapter.  Make plans now to go to Kansas City MO for the USCPFA National Convention to be held on September 16-18, 2011.

Diana Greer
USCPFA Richmond VA Chapter President